This course will introduce you to all aspects of property management, including valuation, development, sustainability, and financing projects. You'll be introduced to the relationships and demands of occupiers, developers, investors, and funders, and explore areas such as business planning and project management, essential valuation, property management, and business management.
Why study this course?
- You'll benefit from outstanding career prospects. 100% of our BSc (Hons) Real Estate sandwich students are in a professional or managerial job just six months after graduation, earning an average salary of £23,600 (DLHE, 2015-2016).
- NTU is one of the leading providers of property education in the UK – we're ranked as the 5th university in the UK for Building, Town and Country Planning (Guardian University Guide 2018).
- Benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, supporting you throughout your time at NTU and enabling you to make the most of your studies. As well as money towards the cost of your course materials, you'll also benefit from study trips and live projects, included in the cost of your course fees, and a pre-paid printing allowance.
- Our course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), recognising the quality and relevance of our course content.
- Join a course with excellent student satisfaction: 90% of our BSc (Hons) Real Estate sandwich students are satisfied with the quality of their course (National Student Survey 2017).
- Gain vital skills and experience in the workplace by undertaking a one-year placement.
- Experience inspiring trips in the UK and abroad, the cost of which is included in your course fees. Previous trips included a visit to Madrid, where students met professionals from Santander bank.
- Successful completion of our course is the professional route to becoming a chartered surveyor.
- Have the opportunity to work with a mentor from industry, gaining valuable support from our alumni community.
- Take part in live projects as part of the course, briefed by companies such as Savills, Sainsbury's, Dixons, Specsavers and JLL.
- Learn from academic experts who have both industry experience and academic research knowledge, and who are representatives of professional bodies. You'll also benefit from guest lecturers from industry, supporting your taught sessions each year.
How you're taught
How will I learn?
- Most content is delivered through practice-based teaching, which gives you the opportunity to understand the course material and its theoretical framework within the context of real professional practice and activity.
- In Year One and Two, approximately 30% of your time is spent in scheduled learning sessions. Course content is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials and field work, which includes site visits, field trips and practical exercises.
- You will also be involved in self-directed project work with the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.
- Outside of the timetabled sessions you will need to undertake self-directed independent study. This will include preparing for lectures, researching, completing coursework, and directed reading to expand your knowledge.
Trips and study visits
Site visits and field trips form an integral part of the learning process, allowing you to put theory into practice. You'll also go on a week-long European field trip in your second year, designed to help you investigate and research aspects of property management.
Recent destinations have included a trip to Madrid, where students met professionals from companies such as the banking giant Santander.
You'll be assessed via a mix of coursework and exams. Coursework will make up the majority of your assessment and consists of group and individual projects, reports, presentations to your peers and essays.
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
Careers and employability
Our course is designed to prepare you to succeed in the property industry, through work placements, working on real projects from industry, input from industry professionals, and regularly updated course content. 100% of our BSc (Hons) Real Estate sandwich students are in a professional or managerial job, just six months after graduation, earning an average salary of £23,600 (DLHE, 2015-2016).
Where do Real Estate graduates from NTU work?
NTU has a strong real estate alumni community, with many graduates working in senior positions in leading national and international companies.
Recent graduate roles include graduate surveyor, estates assistant and property manager, at Capita, CBRE, Colliers International, Fisher Hargreaves Proctor, Holland & Barrett, Knight Frank LLP, Cushman & Wakefield and Ladbrokes.
Getting your full RICS membership
If you aspire to become a RICS Chartered Surveyor, you will need to complete at least two years of relevant professional work experience – the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). If you undertake a sandwich placement, this will normally count as the first year of your professional work experience (only for RICS), however at least 12 months of study must take place on a graduate training scheme. Find out more about how to complete your APC and become RICS qualified.
This course is designed to prepare you for future employment in a number of the RICS APC pathways, which could include:
- Planning and Development
- Commercial Property Practice
- Residential Property Practice
Find out more about career options in the property industry on the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors website.
Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course. Find out more about the service.
Our Employability team run a series of events throughout the year specifically for Property Management and Development students, and each year, NTU hosts the largest graduate property fair in the UK, giving you the opportunity to network with national and international companies.
Excellent placement opportunities
By choosing our sandwich (4 year) route, you'll have the opportunity to take a year-long work placement during your studies, giving you the opportunity to gain real experience in industry. A significant number of students also return with a graduate job offer, or sponsorship for their final year.
James Brown, BSc (Hons) Real Estate, on placement with Gerald Eve (London)
Where can I work?
Real Estate students typically gain placements with consultancies, developers, real estate management companies and investors, or roles on the client's side, looking after large retail and leisure estates.
Recent destinations have included JLL, CBRE, Cushman and Wakefield, Leicestershire County Council's Estates team, Faithful+Gould, Lambert Smith Hampton and Barker Storey Matthews. Typical job roles include: estates management technician, property analyst (valuation), trainee surveyor, junior valuer, junior surveyor, estates assistant, and property developer.
Most companies are RICS-accredited and students are often able to complete a year towards their RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).
Successful completion of the 36 weeks also leads to an extra qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice, which will further enhance your CV.
Facilities for Property students
The majority of your lectures and seminars will take place in the Newton building.
Industry standard software
You will have the opportunity to use and familiarise yourself with our industry-standard software, including:
- digital mapping
- development appraisal
- property and environmental risk information
- industry-standard information systems and databases.
Dedicated resource centre
Students in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment have access to a dedicated resource centre. This centre, based in the Maudslay building, enables students to undertake private study in a facility equipped with computers, large format plotters and desk space, together with the latest, and archived, journals and publications.
This resource centre is open from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday.
Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the City Campus, with PCs providing access to Microsoft Office, email, web browsing, networked file storage, and high-speed online printing services (with a free printing allowance for each student). Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.
Books and library resources
In the library, you will have access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within the Built Environment. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our electronic resources, journals and books.
Within the library there is a liaison librarian who has specialist subject knowledge. They can offer detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources and also support on things such as Harvard referencing and research skills.